The wonderful thing about these DIY Frosted Glass Jam Jar Luminaries is that they look beautiful no matter what time of day it is. The bright white sand gives clean fresh snowy decor during the day and at night changes to a warm frosting as the flames flicker behind it.
To Make Your DIY Frosted Jam Jar Luminaries You Will Need
- Empty jam jars
- White craft sand
- PVA/White glue
- Cricut Window cling (any colour will do)
- Cricut Explore (you could cut simple shapes by hand)
- Baking sheet to catch sand on
- Paint brush
- Weeder tool or a long pin will be fine
- Tea light (battery or flame)
- Optional – very fine white sugar glitter
Window cling is an amazingly versatile craft material because it can be used on so many surfaces and isn’t permanent. It’s perfect for making temporary stickers when you need to make silhouette shapes as it’s easy to peel off.
Using Cricut Design Space I selected some stags and snowflakes to cut out on my Cricut Explore. If you don’t have a Cricut Explore you could cut out some simpler shapes by hand. Once I’d selected my images I then went through each shape and made sure it was only one layer using the editing tool. So that they were all cut at the same time I synced all the shapes by dragging them not the same colour block (also found in the right had side editing tools).
When I went to cut them out I found I’d missed removing a couple of print shapes ( I didn’t want to print) so I just selected the cut page section on the left hand side (highlighted blue) and let the machine do it’s work
I shrank my snowflakes to 1 inch and 0.7 inch in size and was worried the smaller snowflakes wouldn’t get cut out properly but I shouldn’t have worried … they were perfect. It doesn’t matter what colour window cling you use for this project as the shapes would eventually be thrown away. I used an an orange window cling off cut that I had left over from Halloween as a bright colour shows well under the white sand but I’ve made these using white window cling before.
Once you’ve weeded them off the mat (or cut them out by hand) stick them neatly, smoothing down flat, onto the glass jar.
Cover your glass and the shape in a nice even layer of pva (white glue).
Hold the glass jar over the baking paper and carefully pour the white sand over the jar until the whole surface is covered.
Using the weeding tool or your long pin carefully place the point just inside the edge of the window cling shape and push inwards. This will lift up the edge and allow you to peel the shape off.
Continue carefully peeling off any window cling shapes and then put your jar aside to dry. A radiator work really well and speeds up the drying process.
When the glue and sand has completely dried use a large sift brush to gently remove any un-stuck grains of sand.
Oh and if you get bored with them all you have to do is soak them in hot water and you can wash the glue and sand away. Leaving you with a clean glass jar to start frosting all over again.